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Month: September 2018

A Beautiful Life

September 30, 2018

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Thank you for the adventures, Atka. We love you.

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Washington State Wildlife Officials Kill OPT Alpha Female To Protect Cows

September 28, 2018

They killed her five-month-old wolf pup two weeks ago. Today, Washington State wildlife officials killed the mom. Earlier today, a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) employee killed the breeding female of the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) pack in an attempt to stop livestock attacks in the area. Officials killed a young OPT wolf…

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Two Wolves Released on Isle Royale!

September 27, 2018

With only two wolves remaining on Isle Royale, wolves are at risk of vanishing from the island altogether along with the island’s ongoing wolf-moose study that began almost 60 years ago. The last wolves remaining are a male-female pair are who have low chances of producing healthy offspring due to years of inbreeding among the…

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Memorial Open House for Ambassador Wolf Atka this Sunday

September 26, 2018

The Wolf Conservation Center Family invites you to celebrate the life of AMBASSADOR WOLF ATKA In an effort to offer friends an opportunity to pay their final respects, the WCC will be holding an open house this Sunday. The memorial will allow for reflection, a peaceful moment in some of Atka’s favorite places, and will…

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After Shooting Pup from Helicopter, WDFW Seeks to Kill More Wolves to Protect Cows on Public Lands

September 26, 2018

Ten days ago, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) gunned down a member of the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) pack; the wolf was about 5 months old. The kill order was issued following livestock depredations on public lands. Yesterday, WDFW announced it will continue efforts to kill other members of the OPT wolf family…

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Judge Restores ESA Protections for Grizzly Bears

September 24, 2018

September 24, 2018 – Federal protection for Yellowstone grizzly bears were reinstated today after U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ruled that the federal government’s decision to strip Endangered Species Act protections from the population was illegal. The court order came after the judge had twice blocked grizzly trophy hunts in Wyoming and Idaho just as…

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Rest in Peace, Atka

September 22, 2018

It is with deep sorrow that we share news about the most magnificent wolf we have ever known. Atka died in his sleep early this morning; he was 16 years old. His passing was painless and peaceful with his family surrounding him. While Atka leaves a hole in our lives so big that words can’t…

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Red Wolf Ancestry Re-discovered Along American Gulf Coast

September 19, 2018

Rediscovering species once thought to be extinct or on the edge of extinction is rare. Red wolves have been extinct along the Gulf Coast region since 1980, with their last populations found in coastal Louisiana and Texas. In a new paper, researchers report the rediscovery of red wolf ghost alleles in a canid population on…

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WDFW Guns Down Juvenile Wolf from Helicopter to Protect Cows on Public Lands

September 18, 2018

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has confirmed they killed a juvenile member of the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) pack. The young wolf, weighing 50 pounds, was spotted and killed from a helicopter on September 16. The kill order was issued following livestock depredations on public lands. Beyond being cruel and in violation of…

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New Study – Carnivore Conservation Needs Evidence-Based Livestock Protection

September 18, 2018

Preventing carnivores from preying on livestock, and preventing the human retaliation that can follow, would achieve three important societal goals: preserve nature, protect animal welfare, and safeguard livelihoods. Achieving these objectives depends on policies that foster coexistence between humans and wild carnivores. In a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS Biology, twenty-one authors…

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